John Axelrod, conductor, portrait


For many conductors, finding the right mentor is a challenge.  Here is where I can help.  Book now for your masterclass or private lesson.


My Background

I have been a professional orchestra, opera and pops conductor for 25 years.  I have conducted over 175 orchestras worldwide, over 60 world premieres, more than 30 operas, and the majority of available film scores.  As a student of Leonard Bernstein, Jorma Panula, Ilya Musin and Christoph Eschenbach, I have benefitted from some of the best conducting teachers in the world.  

Let me share this wisdom and experience with you.  

My Passion

Bernstein said there is no more noble act than teaching. That's why I share my lessons learned and experience gained.   Having been a Music Director and Principal Guest Conductor around the world, I am also  aware of the demands and challenges of a conducting profession beyond the music, whether it be management, tax assistance, legal help, travel planning and residency.  

Whether you're just beginning and wish to discover the core repertoire in depth or you're a professional conductor needing more guidance, 

the CMO Conductors Masterclass Online is for you!

My Masterclass

The CMO Masterclasses focus on all repertoire and score study, rehearsal and string technique, performance skills and career counseling, for the student to the advanced professional conductor.   Private lessons are scheduled according to individual demand, repertoire requests and need.

Masterclasses and private lessons are made via video conferencing from anywhere in the world. 

The cost is $150 per hour for a specific masterclass, 

and $250 per hour for private lessons.  

During these challenging times, your craft and career should not be compromised.  

Schedule your masterclass today.